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HOW SHOULD WE BE THANKFUL TO GOD?

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These are the three ways to show our gratitude for the miracle of God’s love.

OPEN THE GIFT GOD HAS GIVEN US

One way is to make use of the wonderful gift God has given us. The gift can be of benefit only if put to use. What is the point of receiving a gift and not opening it? Initiation is a gift we do not want to leave on the shelf unopened. By daily meditation, our soul can achieve reunion with God. We are the only species who can know itself as a soul and realise it is a part of God. Once initiated, let us make use of that gift by meditating for at least two and a half hours daily. In this way, we can avail of the precious gift given by the Master and steadily travel to our true Home.

The deed most appreciated by God is when we put spirituality into practice. We do so by meditating daily. We do so by leading ethical lives of nonviolence, truthfulness, purity, humility, selfless service, and living on a vegetarian diet. We further help ourselves by attending Satsang. This way, we differentiate our lives from those of the lesser creatures.

We have in our souls the treasures of all creation. We need to turn within to experience God. We have within us lights more brilliant and wondrous than anything in this physical world. We have uplifting, intoxicating celestial music within more beautiful than the greatest musical performances of this world. The music and harmony of all harmonies within are more enjoyable than listening to any favorite music in the physical world. The inner light and sound radiate rays of love that fill us with more happiness than we could ever dream of. We can enjoy it all year long. The gift of light and sound is evergreen and ever fresh and keeps us fulfilled forever. The first way to show gratitude to God is to open that gift of light and sound through meditation.

By serving God’s creation

The second way we show gratitude for God’s gifts is to share the spirit of divine love with others. We can share our love and light with God’s children. We can remove hatred, prejudice, and bigotry from our hearts. We can allow God’s creation into our hearts. When we love, we give and share. Let us not turn away from our door anyone in need. Let us consider all as our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. In God’s eyes, we serve God best when we serve others.

When we develop our spiritual vision, we see the light of God in all. We love all. We see no high and low between people of different religions, faiths, countries, or cultures. We see no high and low between the educated and uneducated. We see no high and low between the rich and the poor. Why? Because when we see God’s light in all, we see all as part of one large family of God. Thus, when someone asks us for help, we feel that the God within that person is asking us for help. We, out of love, want to give help to that person.

Think of how many times someone needs our help. Someone may be hungry, thirsty, poor, or ill, and we may say we are too busy to help. Opportunities to help are many. Let us make use of those opportunities.

When we do seva, we need to make sure it is done selflessly. Selfless service is saying, “Oh, Lord, whatever you want, I am your servant. You can use my hands to do work for You.” Then, we allow ourselves to work without any personal gain for us. If we do so, we will live the real meaning of selfless service.

Gratitude to God translates into acknowledging with humility that our goodness is due to God who created us. Without the Creator, we would not exist.

Gratitude through acknowledging the Divine

The third way we can show gratitude is to acknowledge the existence of the Divine. We may think that there is a separation between science and spirituality, yet even great scientists have acknowledged a divine Creator.

It makes sense to us now that when Dr. Samuel Morse sent his first message on the telegraph, it was the following words, “What hath God wrought!” meaning, “What has God brought forth!” Look at the humility of one who produced one of the great inventions in history. With all the name and fame gained for inventing the telegraph, he knew that this accomplishment was due to the grace of God.

If we measure ourselves against the standards of humility found in many great scientists, how do we fare? We paint a picture, write a song, create a new recipe, build a cabinet, or write a poem, and we think we are great. If we practiced humility and gratitude, we would give thanks to God for letting us be the instrument of God’s accomplishments. If we are proud of our physical body — our looks, our strength, our stamina, our athletic prowess, our agility, and our good health — let us give thanks to the Lord. Our physical body would not exist if God had not created us.

If we are proud of our mental capabilities and our intellect, our school honors and certificates, our high grades, our education, whether we have been promoted from elementary school or middle school, or have graduated from high school, college, or graduate school, then let us thank the Lord for giving us the gift of intelligence.

If we are proud of our creativity, whether we have created a painting or sculpture, written a song or play, written poetry or books, decorated our home, designed an outfit, or built an architectural wonder, then let us thank God for the gift of creativity. Without God, we would not have a creative mind. If we have a solvent financial base, with a job or career, strong assets, good home, and luxuries, let us thank God. We should also thank God for our family and friends.

We should thank God for creating our soul, for without that we would not exist. God has set us into motion by creating parts of God’s own self as souls. That is the cause of our whole existence. We may think our existence is our body and mind, but what enlivens those is the soul. If God had not created souls, there would be no life-giving power to enliven the matter that comprises our body and mind. Dissect the body to its smallest components, and we are nothing but a conglomerate of atoms bound together into a human being. Dissect the brain, and it is a mass of atoms that form into brain cells. It is all matter. Scientists have now discovered that matter contains energy within it. If atoms are broken down further, they are dancing packets of energy, including waves of light and sound. Scientists have heard the sound coming from atoms. Ultimately, what enlivens matter is spirit. For that, we need to thank God.

Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj put it clearly in this verse: “With every breath I must bow to my Friend, For I owe my life to his grace.’’ Every second of our lives is due to the grace of God. Humility means that we recognise that God has created us. We can show our gratitude by making use of God’s gifts by meditating on the inner light and sound, by serving God’s creation, and by acknowledging with humility the existence of the Divine, the source of all gifts that enrich our lives.

The author is the head of the Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission.

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New international metaverse token VCORE closes oversubscribed, pre-sale

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Leading technology company Together Labs recently announced that VCORE, an ERC-20 token that rewards active, international players, creators and earners across the metaverse will be available to users outside of the U.S. and Canada via its IMVU platform.

VCORE is a key step to accelerating virtual economies and will set the stage for future growth throughout the broader metaverse. With a new token launching in 2022, VCORE should give its users access to a new type of economy where every player may participate in the future of the metaverse.

“This initial presale was to connect with and secure interest from the top strategic crypto and metaverse buyers which know our space well—and we could not be more pleased to have this select group as part of our project,” said John Burris Chief Strategy & Blockchain Officer of Together Labs. “When we will launch VCORE next year, we will have a strong one-two punch with our first token—VCOIN, a globally transferable fiat-backed token—and now VCORE to power the next generation Metaverse economy.”

Participants in the pre-sale included BITKRAFT Ventures, a global investment platform; Sky9 Capital that has a focus on driving innovation in Internet, enterprise, and deep technology; Executives at GoldenTree Asset Management which hold investments in Coinbase (pre-IPO), ConsenSys and Animoca Brands and Jump Capital which has a vast crypto portfolio including 0x, BitGo, BlockFi, Coinlist.

“Launching VCORE is a giant milestone for the IMVU metaverse and its global user base. I

t is rare that a new token has an immediate audience so large,” said Daren Tsui, CEO of Together Labs and IMVU. “Now, VCORE allows us to reward our international members for their engagement. As players explore, earn, and shape the future of the metaverse, VCORE allows them to hold real-world value in its success.”

“When we will launch VCORE next year, we will have a strong one-two punch with our first token—VCOIN, a globally transferable fiat-backed token—and now VCORE to power the next generation Metaverse economy.”

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Globalisation is crucial to create a stronger justice system: Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India

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Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India & Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, speaking at the valedictory session of the three-day Global Law Schools’ Summit on the theme “The Present and Future of Global Legal Education” said, “Globalisation in the last few decades has been accelerating exponentially largely due to the advancement in transportation, communication, technologies and various other reasons. With the great benefit of globalisation also comes some global risks and very vital global challenges. Recently, all of us have witnessed the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and the largest price was paid in terms of lives. Therefore, it has also resulted in greater demands of global justice and a need for a better understanding of the implications of globalisation. In order to virtually recreate the world, not only do we need to strengthen our legal systems and innovate solutions that are balanced with empathy, but we will also need to come together to reimagine a global justice system. Globalisation in law and legal education has always been—and even in these times will be—very crucial to pave a path for a stronger justice system. With JGU being one of India’s institutions of eminence and JGLS being India’s number one law school as per the QS World University Rankings, the institution has indeed lived up to its commitment to increase in building India’s global footprint.”

Mehta added, “With this summit seeing leaders from across 100 law schools from across the world and representing divergent views and intellectual ideas, JGU has truly elevated the idea of being global, especially at a time when globalisation is crucial to the progress of the world around us. We need to redefine the way global education can contribute to bringing about a change in this world and we must use this gathering today as an opportunity to find our collective consciousness to re-assess the present and reimagine the future of global education at large.”

The Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has organised a truly international, one-of-its-kind Global Law Schools’ Summit, bringing together 150+ thought leaders from six continents and 35+ countries over 21 Thematic Sessions, eight Special Dialogues, two Colloquiums, and three Keynote Addresses to discuss the present and future of Global Legal Education. The summit concluded with a Valedictory Address by Tushar Mehta, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and the Solicitor General of India. Dr Sasmit Patra, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice, India delivered the Special Address.

In his Special Address, Dr Sasmit Patra said, “Sometimes we take democracy for granted. Whether it’s the Middle East, the Far East or South America, you find new definitions and dimensions of democracy, which basically hinges on who has more power, resources, demography, population, etc. Before we can think of democracy and strengthening democracy, the idea of strengthening the citizen is paramount. Legal education has a huge role to play in terms of building those core values for budding young lawyers. It is important to remember the basic rules and fundamentals of studying law and that using law as a platform will help to provide information, strengthen citizen-centric services, and help citizens to really rediscover their strengths to be able to ask the system questions and to get their rightful answers.”

Dr Patra raised pertinent questions on whether legal education is preparing students to ensure access to justice, public accountability, respect for democratic institutions and ensuring the independence of the jury. “Legal education is surely strengthening the legal process. But is legal education truly helping us to strengthen democracy? Many a time, we find that democracy survives sustains, grows, and thrives when especially the citizens of a nation have access to the judicial system.”

In his welcome address, the Founding Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and Dean of Jindal Global Law School Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar said, “The onset of the pandemic from March 2020 was perhaps was one of the most unprecedented crises of our times. With an aim to envision the transformation of law schools, we held our first law summit last year. It was the starting point of an ongoing transformation at JGLS and we wanted to further strengthen our commitment to the change we want to see in the delivery of justice. Therefore, this 2nd edition of the summit is focused on the importance of globalisation in the way we evolve our legal education. We wanted to evaluate the kinds of resilience adopted by the law schools in the face of the pandemic and create dialogues. What began as a small idea has evolved into a global platform and we have witnessed an overwhelming participation of more than 150 thought leaders across six continents and over 35 countries over the last three days. This has been our humble effort to have members of academia and industry come together on a single platform to shape and transform the future of law and legal education. We had 50 hours of live streaming with more than 3500 views across multiple time zones.”

The concluding remarks were made by Professor (Dr.) S.G. Sreejith, Executive Dean, Jindal Global Law School. “The idea of this conference was prompted by the many uncertainties faced by society over the last two decades. During this summit, we wanted to hear stories of resistance, response and resilience in the areas of legal education and the legal profession. The conference brought to us incredible stories in the language of theory, practice, experiences and experiments. From those stories, we understood the inescapability of phenomena which further informed us that we have the courage and competency to face those uncertainties. We have heard tales of redemption and reimagination in various branches of law, the struggle for the intellectual and cultural identities of law but still, all our deliberations and collective self-expression ended on the note of hope.”

The Summit saw law experts, academics, vice-chancellors, deans and heads of law institutions from 35+ countries, to make this Conference a truly global experience. The vote of thanks was given by Professor Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik, Registrar, JGU.

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Aahana Kumra and sister get awarded for their fitness journey

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After making a strong name for herself in the film industry with performances in projects like ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ and most recently, ‘Call My Agent! Bollywood’, Aahana Kumra is now setting some fitness goals. And recognising that, the actress and her sister, Shivani Kumra were bestowed with an award for their inspiring journey in the field of fitness.

Aahana’s sister Shivani works in the perfume industry and is a mother to a five-year-old son, but she is also an athlete who has dedicated herself to fitness and health and is even a marathoner. Her Instagram profile is the perfect motivation for any fitness lover and not just her followers, but Shivani has motivated her younger sister into fitness too.

Fourteen months older than Aahana, Shivani had always been into sports since childhood and an inspiration to her younger sister. Both the sisters’ journey into fitness began in childhood and their mother had a big part to play in that. Their mother was a cop while they were growing up and the siblings have admitted that it was her who pushed them into getting more into sports and living a healthy lifestyle.

Aahana has admitted before that Shivani never misses a day of workout and even pushes her into doing it. Aahana has confessed that she started going to the gym because of Shivani as she brought that discipline into her life. And today, Aahana can’t live without her morning runs.

The siblings have sure set some fitness goals for everyone else and the recognition they have received for it seems well-deserved.

The writer is an actor and former Mr India.

Both the sisters’ journey into fitness began in childhood and their mother had a big part to play in that. Their mother was a cop while they were growing up and the siblings have admitted that it was she who pushed them into getting more into sports and living a healthy lifestyle.

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MUSIC IS MY STRENGTH AND HAS GIVEN ME PEACE: ANURADHA PAUDWAL

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In a career spanning over four decades, legendary playback singer Anuradha Paudwal has sung more than 9,000 songs and has been the recipient of Padma Shri India’s fourth-highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2017 and is a four-time winner of the Filmfare Award. Known for many timeless songs during the 90’s, she is considered one of the best female singers in India. She is also one of the most popular bhajan singers in the country.

In a candid conversation, Anuradha reveals, “I started my career from ‘Abhimaan’. My family background was more towards education and I hadn’t received any training in playback singing and it was only after my marriage in 1972, I was called to sing shloka in ‘Abhimaan’ and immediately after that, I was called by Kalyanji–Anandji to sing a song for the movie ‘Kalicharan’. After that, there was no looking back and I worked with several composers like Laxmikant-Pyarelal, R.D Burman, and many others. I am very fortunate to have worked with several noted music composers and each composer has his own individuality.”

The esteemed singer is also engaged in social work and has a foundation named Suryodaya Foundation. She avers, “At present, we are collecting funds for HIV positive children in Latur. The pandemic has hit the country very hard and many people have lost their lives. During the entire lockdown, music has been my strength and given me peace.” Anuradha has also sung several devotional tracks and is currently working on ‘Navagraha Stuti’. She suggests struggling singers to just keep singing well.

“My family background was more towards education and I hadn’t received any training in playback singing and it was only after my marriage in 1972, I was called to sing a shloka in ‘Abhimaan’ and immediately after that, I was called by Kalyanji–Anandji to sing a song for the movie ‘Kalicharan’. After that, there was no looking back”

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EROS HOTEL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF HOSPITALITY

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The date 6th December 2021 marks the silver jubilee year for Eros Hotel New Delhi Nehru Place. The hotel began its journey in the year 1996 with the vision of delivering the finest Indian hospitality experiences to the guests. Today, Eros Hotel stands tall as an iconic stand-alone 5-star deluxe property offering contemporary design and comfort paired with old-world hospitality charm.

Eros Hotel.

“Anniversary is a great occasion of recollecting and cherishing memories. This one is more special, as today we celebrate our hotel’s 25th anniversary” said MD of the company, Satish Sood.

“Going back in history, I would like to bring forth the vision and foresight of Late Mr. J. R. Sood. The organisation started with millions of dreams, hope and immense enthusiasm and for me, it’s a matter of great pride to see our company growing, embracing good value system and achieving milestones as we thought of,” he added.

“Over these years, CSR campaigns, sustainability initiatives, celebrating key occasions with team members and families, delivering wow experiences to our patrons through exceptional customer services, have created great memories for all of us and have contributed to hotel’s glorious journey,” he added.

Davinder Juj, General Manager of the hotel, said “We are delighted to carve a host of activities on 25th anniversary, which will be offered to make our guests and team members feel special. This is to express our heartfelt gratitude for their continued patronage and loyalty and for our teams to offer the best of the services”.

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Odisha tourism conducts 12th International Sand Art Festival

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The 12th edition of five days International Sand Art Festival that started on December 1 is underway at Chandrabhaga beach in Konark, Odisha.

Every year, the tourism of Odisha conducts the Chandrabhaga International Sand art festival for the sand artists to show their art and talent to the world to see. Here the immense beach is a canvas and an artists’ deft is the palette. Artists from all over the world participate in the festival, but due to Covid-19, strict protocols were followed.

Sudarsan Patnaik, organiser of the festival told ANI that due to Covid-19 fear, this year international artists couldn’t participate but a total of 100 artisans from Odisha and 12 other Indian states including Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and more have participated with full enthusiasm.

He also informed that different themes were provided to the artists every day and on December 3, Friday, the theme assigned to them was ‘eco-tourism and environment’.

Gauri, a sand artist from Odisha who is participating in the festival for the second time in her life said, “It’s a very good topic. We have to understand nature is very important and we have to save it too.”

She also told that this is her second time participating in this event, after ten years. “I am glad to see how the event has developed in the meantime. It is only stated to organise such festival where all sand artists get exposure and we are able to show our art.”

The International Sand Art Festival was started in 2015 on the Chandrabhaga beach, a short distance from Konark. It was a part of the Konark Dance Festival that is organized during the same time. Every year, the theme for the Artists hover around the burgeoning issues of the Earth.

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